Scheduled Monument

Grey Cairn, broch 475m SE of LynegarSM452

Status: Designated

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Summary

Date Added
18/10/1938
Last Date Amended
19/07/2005
Type
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch
Local Authority
Highland
Parish
Watten
NGR
ND 23047 56624
Coordinates
323047, 956624

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a broch, visible as a grass covered mound. The monument was first scheduled in 1938, but an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains: the present rescheduling rectifies this.

The monument is located in the SW corner of a ploughed field to the N of Loch Watten at c23m OD. It is sub-circular with maximum dimensions 44m NS by 41m EW with a platform 8m in diameter in the SW sector. No surface structures are visible.

The Ordnance Survey record that while ploughing about 1935, James Barnetson of Georgemas, discovered a 'tunnel' in the W of the mound and several animal bones.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of diameter 55m centred on the centre of the broch, to include the broch and an area around in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

This monument is of national importance as the remains of an Iron Age broch which offers the potential to provide significant information on the nature of settlement and defensive architecture during this period of prehistory.

References

Bibliography

The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as ND25NW3.

References:

ORDNANCE SURVEY (NAME BOOK) 1871, Original Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 12, 20.

RCAHMS 1911, THIRD REPORT AND INVENTORY OF MONUMENTS AND CONSTRUCTIONS IN THE COUNTY OF CAITHNESS, Edinburgh, HMSO, 131, No 471.

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